Q Is it difficult?
A Not at all. People say if you can drive a car you can as easily learn to fly a glider. If you're interested click here to book a trial lesson to try for yourself!
How much does it cost?
A Cost can be different depending on your age. We have different offers for juniors which are to encourage young people to enjoy and take on this sport. Fixed Price to Solo is £ 500 for junior. Click here to find out more detailed information on how much gliding is in our club.
Can I buy a flight as a gift?
A Of course! Make it the most amazing gift you could offer someone. We have trial lesson vouchers available here so make sure you visit this link to ensure you can get one for someone special to you.
What weather can you fly in?
A There are really only three things that will stop flying - rain (although, often if it's just showers you can fly between them), low cloud and strong winds (more than 30mph!).
What happens when the wind stops?
A Many people think that 'when the wind stops glider falls' this is completely different. The glider will fly as usual. If the wind is calm you can't take advantage of our ridge to ride it and so will likely stay airborne for less time. If you don't know what this means click here ! Your instructor will try and search for thermals, if that is also not possible then the glider will still fly as usual but it will only stay airborne for about 5 minutes most likely, as height is gradually lost.
How long can you stay up?
A This is completely weather dependent. It varies on daily (sometimes even hourly) basis. If the wind is strong and coming from South-Westerly direction it will allow the glider to stay airborne as we have the availability of a ridge. If thermal currents are present we can also exploit these to stay airborne for longer.
How far can you go?
A This depends very much on the weather and the glider performance. If the weather is not favourable, you won't go anywhere - you are restricted to the performance of the glider. Records of just about 1000km have been made in UK.
How fast do you fly?
A Typically you fly around between 45 and 60 knots but gliders can go upto about 150 knots. On a cross country flight, where you have to stop and circle in thermals to gain height and glide between, average speeds of 40-50 knots are normal.
Q Can you take gliders apart?
A Yes, the gliders most often stay in their own trailers. It takes about 15 minutes to de-rig a glider and the same with rigging it.
How safe it is?
A Gliding is part of aviation so there always remains a small risk of something happening. But then again, there is risk with almost anything we do in our daily live activities. You will wear a parachute during your flights to make sure that just in-case anything happens you are prepared, but be assured, this is a very, very unlikely occurrence.
What should I wear when it comes to my Introductory Flight?
A If you have confirmed that you are coming to the airfield you should consider wearing something for walking activities. Make sure to wear clothing suitable for the weather, in the summer, shorts and a t-shirt will be fine (make sure you have secured shoes, i.e not flip flops), but in winter times when it's much more wet, it's advisable to wear walking shoes and other warm clothing. Hats and gloves are very sensible. It is much colder at 870ft above sea level!